Worldwide Photowalk in Innsbruck was a blast, to say the least.
I have been joining the Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk since 2011, not long after I came back to photography. By coincidence, while watching “The Grid” (Scott’s photography talk show) live for the first time, he announced this years Photowalk date and that he would be leading a walk in Innsbruck, Austria. No doubts, I’m in!! Joined it immediately.
Innsbruck is 180 km away from Munich and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass on! I have been following Scott’s work since I started. His series “The Digital Photography Book” (1 to 3 back then) were the first books I read about photography, so it would be a pleasure meeting him in person. In the meanwhile I started watching The Grid live more often and got to know some of the usual live audience. I have watched all the shows, but a couple days later in the re-broadcast, since it happens “latish” at night in European time.
We (me and my wife Fernanda) had the great chance of having my parents around this particular weekend, that could stay with the kids so that we could both travel to Innsbruck. Yet another very positive thing. Got a simple hotel (a bit too simple, maybe), drove on Friday night, so we would be surely on time for the early photowalk. The plan was, I would join the walk and she would do sketching (her preferred graphical art) around the beautiful town.
In the morning Fernanda asked me “How do you feel? You’re gonna meet Scott Kelby!” and I was quite apprehensive, I must say. Coming from science, but also in other industries, you have some opportunities to meet of the big names and they are very often disappointing. You build a big expectation about it and when it actually happens it’s not as you would like it to be. On top of that I knew the “whole gang” would be there, so chances of being an unfulfilling experience was even larger.
The walk started at 8:00 and I couldn’t wish for more! Scott gave enough attention to each walker, chatting and guiding. I even managed to get my most relevant book of him (Volume 1 of The Digital Photography Book, where it all began for me) autographed. Moreover, all the members of “the gang”, highly accomplished photographers, amazingly nice!! Got the chance to chat with most of them, most pleasant people you could wish to have in a photowalk (Fernando “Chick Nando” Santos, Erik Kuna, Roberto Pisco, Dave Williams, Peter Treadway, Mimo Meidany, Cathy Baitson, among others).
Also had the chance to meet other very nice walkers and even my good mate Thomas Mauer, also from Munich, which we haven’t seen each other since a couple of photowalks! I probably spent so much time chatting that I haven’t take enough shots (I hope to have some keepers, didn’t have the chance to look into it yet, but it needs to be done this weekend). A totally awesome day, full of positive surprises!
Despite being close to Munich, you don’t come to Innsbruck that often. 3 days later, there I was again. My parents wanted to visit the city and now I knew enough of it to be able to show them the best spots around!!
If you never joined the Worldwide Photowalk, do it next year! Is an inspiring activity and a great chance to meet people with the same passion.
Thank you guys for the experience!